THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com – and Damian Walker is back with his popular first-scorer tips.
It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.
Also leave your pick of first scorers at the end of this article for a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. Last week’s winner was Jimmy with Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths at 19-5. Email [email protected] with your McBookie username to claim the prize.
You can choose this weekend from the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two. One correct entry will be picked at random to win the prize. Quote player, team and his odds – and a reason if you like.
Here is McBookie.com man Damian Walker’s Saturday selections.
He says: It’s a hard game tipping first-scorer winners. We said last week no way should Ayr be such a big price (7-1 at kick-off) to beat Dunfermline after just five league games and they run out 2-0 winners.
Obviously our first scorer pick wasn’t on the mark but we did pick an Ayr man. Onwards and upwards.
In the Championship Morton along with Alloa were my pre-season fancies to finish bottom. But Ton have fared pretty well largely on the back of a rock-solid defence that has conceded just six goals in nine matches including games against Hibs and St Mirren.
On Saturday they travel to face Queen of the South whose problem has been at the other end of the pitch – scoring goals. Apart from their opening two games against lower-league opposition in cups the Doonhamers have scored just seven goals in their next eight matches.
I still think Morton may struggle this season but on the balance of evidence this campaign I’m not so sure Queen of the South should be odds on.
Now to the tricky bit, Morton captain Peter MacDonald has scored two goals from just four starts this season and had to pass a fitness test before last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Dumbarton when he came on as a late sub.
Hopefully the striker is in the starting 11 this Saturday and his 18 goals from 35 starts for Dundee demonstrate what an asset he is. McBookie make him 6-1 to score the first goal.
Having tipped up Ayr to win at title favourites Dunfermline last wee, you might expect a similar bet on them to win at Airdrie this weekend.
However, we also tipped up Airdrie last Saturday and they made it four wins in a row with a win at Albion. We won’t repeat most of the reasoning behind our tip on the Diamonds last weekend but suffice to say they have an excellent manager, signed lots of quality players and have made a sharp start to the season unlike the last two campaigns.
I thought this might be a 6-4 each of two match but the bookies, including ourselves, have Ayr as clear favourites. That swings things towards an Airdrie scorer being a bit of value.
Gary Bollan signed Peterhead’s David Cox in the close season and he hasn’t let the manager down with two goals in his last two games and has been an ever present in all of Airdrie’s matches this season. McBookie make Cox 13-2 to be the game’s first scorer and that looks fair.
In League Two we have some real toss-of-a-coin games with only one odds-on shot (Montrose home to East Stirling) in the five matches but perhaps the best value this weekend may lie with a Clyde first scorer away to East Fife.
It was surprising to see the Fifers become the first side to lose to Arbroath in the league last weekend while Clyde leapfrogged Annan for a share of the lead with a 4-2 win over the Galabankies.
We’ve said it before but this Clyde squad is head and shoulders above most in the division and if Barry Ferguson can get them to click the title should be theirs for the taking.
There is already a striking difference between Ferguson’s management this season and last and that is the number of players who have started for Clyde.
Ferguson must have broken some Scottish records for numbers of players used in the 2014-15 campaign but this time around he has stuck to a fairly settled starting 11.
Sean Higgins joined in the summer from Cowdenbeath and rewarded his gaffer with a brace of goals against East Stirling and has started every match. Higgins is 6-1 with McBookie to score first.
MacDonald (Morton) 6-1
Cox (Airdrie) 13-2
Higgins (Clyde) 6-1
Can you find a winner!